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[Originally stamped - then Marked out]
THE WHITE HOUSE
May 6, 1942.
[Another stamp - completely
marked out as to be illegible]
1. I have yours of May sixth
regarding the Pacific Theatre versus "Bolero".
In regard to the first paragraph I did not issue
any directive on May first regarding the increase
of combat planes to Australia to a total of 1,000
and the ground forces to a total of 100,000.
I did ask if this could properly be done. I understand
now that this is inadvisable at the present time
and I wholly agree with you and Admiral King.
2. In regard to additional
aircraft to the South Pacific Theatre, it is
my thought that all we should send there is a
sufficient number of heavy and medium bombers
and pursuit planes in order to maintain the present
objective [changed from
strength] there at the maximum.
3. I do not want "Bolero" slowed down.
4. The success of raiding operations seems to
be such that a large scale Japanese offensive against Australia or
New Zealand can be prevented.
[Signed Initials "FDR"]
||GENERAL GEORGE MARSHALL:
||Chief of Staff
A Stamp Regrading
document as Unclassified
by Order of Sec Army by
TAG per 08489
Incl 4 [in handwriting]
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